Gareth Bale on Ronaldo: Gareth Bale talked about the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo at Real and how has it impacted the team.
Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid in a stunning 100m euro deal for Italian club Juventus. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009, and won numerous domestic, continental and inter-continental honours with the club. The Portuguese became one of the best Real Madrid players in the history of the club.
The void which Ronaldo left was seemingly hard to fill for Florentino Perez in the transfer window. Real Madrid failed to make a ‘Galactico’ signing this summer, but Gareth Bale believes that the team is still strong.
“Obviously it’s going to be a little different from having such a big player there,” Bale said about Ronaldo’s absence.
“It’s maybe a bit more relaxed, yes. I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player,” the Welshman added.
Gareth Bale spend most of the time on the sidelines in the last season under Zinedine Zidane. The Welsh footballer was also on the bench for the Champions League final, but scored two terrific goals once he came on in the second half.
Bale expressed his disappointment at not starting the match later.
Both Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane have now left Real Madrid. Julen Lopetegui succeeded the French manager at the club.
“In Spanish I can talk (to a manager) but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to. Obviously, it (talking to English with Lopetegui) helps,” said Bale.
The Welshman remained silent on whether he preferred to play under Lopetegui, rather than Zidane. “I’m not sure I want to answer that,” said Bale.
Real Madrid are currently second in the La Liga, two points behind arch-rivals Real Madrid.